Morning Song


In this elegiac book-length lamentation on the dying of her sister and the grief that comes with loss, Carlinda D’Alimonte opens her heart like a diary she might have kept locked with a delicate key. She writes:

We are keepers / of this moment (“October”)

And she tells us that it’s not the big events that make the dying hard, but the simplicities of life that fix themselves deep within, those small moments we share. It’s a single leaf detaching in the autumn and drifting down, not the tree entire, nor the forest floor, nor the burning heap, but the profound grief made available in contemplation of a solitary and singularly moving loss. And these beautiful poems remind us “after the first death, there is no other” and it is the manifest kindness of genuine love that stays with the reader like invisible dust motes seen only in shafts of light, like the luminous language of a poet giving us the gift of remembering “this was a life”.

— John B. Lee, Poet Laureate of the City of Brantford in perpetuity, Poet Laureate of Norfolk County for life

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Carlinda D’Alimonte is author of two other books of poetry – Now That We Know Who We Are (2004),
and Other Living Things (2009). Because We Have Lived Here (2017) edited by John B. Lee, features a selection of eight of her poems. Her poetry has appeared in Contemporary Verse 2, The Missouri Review, The Windsor Review, and many anthologies. She taught high school English and Creative Writing for twenty-five years. Prior to teaching high school, she worked as a sessional instructor and multi-media producer at the University of Windsor and a researcher and writer for CBC television. She lives in Tecumseh, Ontario.

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Release: 2018
Pages: 80
Format: Paperback

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